Claire Whetstone 3

Claire, Finance Officer, Enfield Council (4 year break)

After my second child was born, I took the decision to stay at home and spend more time with my family. Once my children were in school, I felt that I had lost my personal identity and wanted to get back into working within the Finance Sector. I knew it would not be easy finding employment that provided sufficient flexibility to balance with my family.

I was attracted to the Enfield Returners Programme as it was a great opportunity to get back into work and to work for a local employer. I was thrilled when I was invited for an interview and I was offered the role of Finance Officer within the Companies Team. Having previously worked in Finance, I had a lot of skills that I could bring to my role within Enfield Council.

The coaching sessions helped to bring back the confidence that I had lost when I had previously stopped working. I had the full support of 15 other Returners as well as my Line Manager and a Mentor.

Completing the Enfield Career Returners Programme has given me the change to fulfil my career ambitions. A year after starting the programme I have started studying the ACCA qualification to become a Chartered Accountant.